Aleksander Ceferin takes aim at Florentino Perez over controversial European Super League proposals as UEFA president claims Real Madrid chief ‘is only interested in today, not what tomorrow will be’
- UEFA’s Aleksander Ceferin has taken aim at Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez
- Perez is spearheading a campaign to create a groundbreaking Super League
- However, Ceferin insisted a number of European giants are not on board
- The UEFA president said Perez needs to think of ‘tomorrow’ amid the plans
Aleksander Ceferin has hit out at Florentino Perez over the Real Madrid chief’s determination to set up a European Super League, as the UEFA president said his counterpart ‘is only interested in today, not what tomorrow will be’.
The past 12 months has seen two controversial proposals put forward that would monumentally shake up football in England and Europe, with Project Big Picture and the Super League being widely condemned.
The latter proposal, a £4.6bn-backed tournament, would see more than a dozen teams across England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain become founding members of the new competition.
Aleksander Ceferin has taken aim at Florentino Perez over European Super League plans
The Real Madrid chief is spearheading a campaign to create the £4.6bn tournament
The competition presents a threat to UEFA’s Champions League and has been spearheaded by Perez, as well as Liverpool and Manchester United.
And Ceferin has taken aim at the Real Madrid chief, insisting that other European giants are reticent to get on board with the proposed league.
‘This is the dream of Florentino Pérez for the last 30 years,’ he told Slovenian daily 24.ur via AS.
‘Two main candidates for the presidency of Barcelona publicly oppose the Super League, as well as Bayern, Juventus and English clubs. He only watches football today, maybe tomorrow, but does not go beyond.’
The groundbreaking competition poses a threat to UEFA’s Champions League tournament
Ceferin says his Spanish counterpart ‘only thinks of today, not tomorrow’ in a stark warning
Cerefin’s comments follow on from remarks made by LaLiga president Javier Tebas, who questioned the financial sustainability of the league, which he said ‘only looks good when drafted at a bar at 5 in the morning.’
Perez urged football to embrace change amid the coronavirus pandemic earlier this month in his most recent pitch for the Super League to be created.
‘Nothing will be like it was before. The pandemic obliges us to make football more competitive. We must innovate and look for formulas to ensure football remains attractive,’ Perez said at Real’s annual general assembly.
‘Real Madrid played a part in the foundation of FIFA and the European Cup and the current model needs a reboot, as the impact of COVID-19 has demonstrated. Football needs new momentum and Real Madrid will be right there at the heart of it.’